LEXINGTON, Ky (7/16/13)—CSA(rt) Lexington, sponsored by the Lexington Art League, is Kentucky’s first shareholder-based community supported arts program. It was started to encourage the creation of local art, cultivate the talent of local artists and enhance the experience of local collectors.
“The idea was to rethink the way that we were supporting local artists,” program director Becky Alley said. “The program is geared towards supporting the local economy and local artists.”
The program was inspired by community supported agriculture programs, or CSAs, in which shareholders receive boxes of fresh food from local farmers, usually on a weekly basis.
Local art lovers can become shareholders in CSA(rt) to receive a crate with nine different pieces of art from local artists. A share costs $400, or about $45 per piece of art.
Each crate consists of a variety of media such as ceramics, wood blocks, poetry and music on a 45-inch vinyl record. The nine local artists involved have made the art specifically for this program.
“The art cannot be purchased or found anywhere else besides these crates,” said Chaney. “It’s cool to know that you are one of the few people that have such a valuable item from one of our local artists in Lexington.”
Shares will be available for pickup beginning July 26. To celebrate, the Lexington Art League is hosting a pick up party on July 26 from 6-9 pm at the LAL Loudoun House at 209 Castlewood Drive. It is free to the public and everyone is encouraged to come and enjoy the live music and find out more about the program.
“The art is extraordinary work,” said Alley. “Since it is the first time we have done the program we expect there to be a lot of explaining of what exactly it is, but I think that after more people hear about the program and see the art that comes with buying a share, it will blossom.”
Shares can be purchased online through www.lexingtonartleague.org, at the main desk at the LAL’s Loudon House Gallery, or over the phone at 859-254-7024. After the summer harvest is sold, a fall harvest will begin October 25, and a spring harvest on March 28, 2014.
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